Eagle approves a lean budget for 2011 | VailDaily.com

Eagle approves a lean budget for 2011

Eagle Valley Enterprise
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – Two consecutive years of dropping sales tax receipts have prompted a lean Eagle budget for 2011.

Sales tax revenues are the chief funding source for town operations, and in 2009, sales tax receipts dropped by 10 percent. While final numbers are not yet available, the town estimates sales tax revenues will take another 6 percent to 8 percent dip in 2010. For 2011, Eagle is forecasting flat sales tax numbers.

The town’s total budget for next year is $12 million, a figure that includes debt payments for various town projects. The general fund budget – which reflects operating costs for municipal services – will be $4.35 million.

The town’s 2011 budget represents a holding pattern – the wage freeze for employees instituted last year will continue and no new positions will be added. Since 2009, Eagle has actually cut 10 positions through layoffs and attrition. The town now has 35.5 full-time workers compared to 45.5 full-time employees two years ago.

As for capital projects next year, the largest financial outlay will be for planning, including final design for traffic upgrades along Eby Creek Road and final design for a second water treatment plant to be located above the town’s wastewater treatment plant on the west end of town.

Other budget highlights include a 5 percent increase in water rates, a $2 per month increase in sewer rates and a $1 per month increase in trash rates.

Tuesday night the Eagle Town Board approved the 2011 budget with no public comment offered by citizens.

– Pam Boyd

EAGLE – On Tuesday night, the Eagle Town Board signed off on accepting a $1.28 million low-interest loan available through the federal stimulus program to replace aging wastewater lines downtown.

The lines earmarked for replacement run in alleys between Broadway and Wall Street, Broadway and Capitol Street, and Washington Street and Grand Avenue. Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell said these aging clay collector lines have been targeted for replacement for some time. He noted that the town’s insurance carrier recommends municipalities flush out collector lines once every three years, but to keep these older lines operating, the town has been flushing them out once every three months.

“This is going to be an extremely difficult project because of the constrained space where we will be working,” said Powell. “Get ready for downtown to be a little torn up.”

Powell said town staff will be contacting affected property owners in the coming months and hopes to launch the project this spring.

– Pam Boyd

EAGLE – The Eagle Police Department is reminding residents in the Eagle Ranch Village Homes area to comply with new rules about parking cars on the street after snow falls.

On even-numbered calendar days, it is illegal to park on the side of a street with even-numbered addresses from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 72 hours after snowfall. The same follows for odd-numbered days and addresses. This is to ensure “emergency snow routes” for fire and medical vehicles, snow plows and police. Vehicles that fail to comply will be ticketed or towed at the owners’ expense.

To get more information, call the Police Department during business hours at 328-6351 or the communications center at 479-2200 and ask for an officer to call you back.

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